Packaging Reveals a Lot

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Print this article Print

With the Sun ONE Starter Kit, Sun has officially kicked off the company's answer to Web services development, the Microsoft Developer Network and Microsoft's .Net.

With the Sun ONE Starter Kit, Sun has officially kicked off the companys answer to Web services development, the Microsoft Developer Network and Microsofts .Net.

Included in the kit are full-fledged versions of heavy-duty software, including Forte for Java Enterprise Edition (which costs some $2,000 for the licensed version) and all the iPlanet products, such as iPlanet Application Server, iPlanet Portal Server, iPlanet Unified Development Server and the iPlanet Directory server.

The kit also comes with the latest Java development tools, such as Java 2 Standard and Enterprise editions.

The only thing the package doesnt include is Solaris, a decision that resulted from an internal debate at Sun. Its too bad because all these development tools would certainly make a lot more sense if the Sun operating system came with the bundle.

Sun officials said they believe, however, that the only people interested in the kit would already have Solaris installed.

Although this points out a key difference between Sun and Microsoft (even though Microsoft knows that everyone has access to Windows, it still puts it out on the MSDN), you get what you pay for.

The four-CD set is free for all attendees of any Sun-sponsored conference or can be purchased for a paltry $19.95 on the Web. Subscriptions to the MSDN, meanwhile, which contain just about everything that Microsoft puts out, cost $2,799.

In the end, the kit is a great way for developers to familiarize themselves with Suns vision of Web services.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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